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the doctor visits tŷ hafan children’s hospice

Doctor Who

The Time Lord himself, Peter Capaldi, took time out from saving the universe to meet delighted families at Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales.

Capaldi, who was cast in 2013 as the Doctor in the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who, thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon visit at the children’s hospice in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Before he walked through the doors of Tŷ Hafan, he was greeted by Dalek and Cyber Man characters donated for the day by local business, LDS Motor Factors, and the hospice had been transformed with Doctor Who-themed decorations – specially created by children and staff the day before.

It didn’t take long for Capaldi to get his hands covered in paint as he took part in an arts and crafts session and he also showed his creative side by making Doctor Who drawings for each child and their family.

Dad Matthew Williams from Swansea, whose son, Macsen, suffers from cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment and epilepsy, said: "We are big fans of Doctor Who, so to meet Peter was fantastic.

“He spent a lot of time talking to us and was really interested in Macsen and how he's been getting on.

“We have been staying at Tŷ Hafan for a few weeks now and in that time, we’ve met X Factor contestants and now Peter! Tŷ Hafan has been amazing and has helped us during what has been a difficult time for Macsen. We can’t thank them enough for what they have done for us.”

the doctor

Capaldi enjoyed a tour of the hospice and even spent time helping to promote the charity’s Children’s Hospice Week campaign, which runs from 11 – 17 May.

Tŷ Hafan helps life-limited children, young people and their families make the most of the time they have left together. Not only does Tŷ Hafan provide specialist palliative care, but it also offers a much-needed source of strength, support and short break care for the whole family.

Tŷ Hafan takes its support right into the family home and is there to help these families through every step of their unimaginable journey.

For Tŷ Hafan to offer this unique service completely free of charge to families in Wales, it has to raise £3.7m every year.

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